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June 22, 2010

Ukraine,Krim: ‘Artek’ pioneer camp

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Photos from RIA Novosti!

July 1986

Artek (Ukrainian and Russian: Арте́к) was an All-Union and international Young Pioneer camp in the Soviet Union. It was established on June 16, 1925 near the Black Sea in the town of Gurzuf located on the Crimean peninsula, near Medved Mountain, Ukraine.

July 1986

The camp first hosted eighty children but it grew rapidly. In 1969 it had an area of 3.2 km²; there were 150 buildings, including three medical buildings, a school, film studio Artekfilm, three swimming pools, a 7000-seater sports stadium, and playgrounds for other activities. Unlike most of the young pioneer camps, Artek was a year-round camp, thanks to the climate.

August 1985

Destination Artek was considered to be an honorable award for Soviet children as well as internationally. During its heyday, each year Artek gave 27,000 children vacations. Between 1925 and 1969 in the camp hosted 300,000 children including more than 13,000 children from seventy foreign countries.

June 1986

After the breaking up of the Young Pioneers in 1990 its prestige decreased, but it is still a popular vacation site.


June 1986

Artek Festival June 1985

Young Palestinians conversing with Soviet Young Pioneers in the Artek summer camp. July 1982.

Artek Pioneers on the deck of a boat on the Black Sea. August 1981.

Children staying at the international Artek childen’s camp are swimming in the sea. July 1980.

Teenaged musicians and chess-players in the Artek children’s camp on the Black Sea coast
Location. June 1978.

Young Pioneers at the aircraft modeling club in the Artek summer camp.July 1977.

An art festival at the Artek Young Pioneer Camp. July 1974.

Friends at Artek children’s seaside camp. July 1977.

Artek Young Pioneer Camp. Gurzuf town.August 1969.

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May 10, 2010

Kharkiv/Kharkov Part.2

Part. 2

Malo-Pivdenna Children Railway  Photo: P.I Balabanova

Rosa Luxemburg Square. Central Department Store  Photo: P.I Balabanova

Palace of Culture of Kharkiv Tractor Plant     Photo: P.I Balabanova

April 19, 2010

Grozny , Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic Part.2

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Second part of photos of Grozny.

Ordzhonikidze AvenueOrdzhonikidze Avenue  Photo: P. Dika

Bridge on the river Sunzhu  Photo: P.Dika

Council of Ministers of the Chechen-Ingush ASSR Photo: P.Dika

April 14, 2010

Leningrad (Saint Petersburg)

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There’s too much information about this great historical city to be posted here, so I’ll just direct you to wikipedia.

Photos by P. Kirrilov and E. Montlevich.

“Memorial to Lenin on Moscow Square”

“The Yubileiny Sports Palace”

“The Field of Mars”

“The Pulkovo Airport”

“Memorial to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad during the war 1941-45”

“The Pribaltiyskaya Hotel”

April 11, 2010

Grozny , Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic

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Here are some exclusive pictures of Grozny, capital of the Republic of Chechnya, an autonomous republic in the Russian Federation. It’s quite interesting to see how much  have  changed in Grozny since Soviet times. The stability from the Soviet era is long gone, and now Grozny, Chechnya and most of the Northern Caucasus is plauged by Islamic extremism, corruption and poverty.

National Theater and Concert Hall/Республиканский театрально-концертный зал Photo: P.  Dika

Wikipedia: The Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, or Chechen-Ingush ASSR ( Chechen: Нохч-ГІалгІайн Автономнин Совецки Социалистически Республика; Ingush: Нохч-ГІалгІайн Автономнин Советски Социалистически Республика; Russian: Чече́но-Ингу́шская Чечено-Ингушская Автономная Советская Социалистическая Республика ) was an autonomous republic within the Russian SFSR. Its capital was Grozny.

Memorial to Heroes of the Great Patriotic War/Victory Avenue Photo: P. Dika

City View   Photo: P.Dika

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